Toronto, Ontario M1E 2P8
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Neighbourhood: West Hill
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Bring your own bottle: Yes
Kitchen open late: No
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Private/bookable room: No
Take out: No
Takes reservations: Yes
Free Wi-fi: Yes
Good for: Kids, Groups
Serves: Lunch, Dinner
Payment Method: Visa, Amex, Master Card, Interac, Cash
Days Closed: Monday, Holidays
Reader Reviews of West Hill Wine Bar
Freezing 17 Degree Temperatures / Rude Staff by Flo Tini from Toronto on 2015-02-23
"Worst experience ever. It was 17 degrees in the restaurant! No apology for the broken thermostat. Decided to leave before ordering to get to our cars to warm up and tried to settle the bill for just one vodka & soda and they didn't have change for a $20 bill. Had to wait 15 minutes to pay a $8 tab. The chef/owner Chris Kanka came out of the kitchen to stretch, completely ignoring our inquiries as to why the restaurant was colder than the meat freezers. Didn't even look in our direction. We can definitely see why Chris Kanka lost Top Chef because his ego got in the way of providing the panel with a decent poutine. His wife, the waitress, gave no sympathy and sent us rudely on our way. I guess business must be very good for The West Hill Wine Bar because the 3 of us would've dropped $200 in food and alcohol and they didn't care. We travelled from the cornucopia of high end, competitive, trendy restaurants in downtown Toronto, and believe me, it was NOT worth the trip. And the restaurant was empty, except for the poor dedicated patrons eating their overpriced elk with their ski jackets and hats on. Oh, and did I mention 4 items on the menu were not available due to the cold weather? Apparently, The West Hill Wine Bar is the only establishment with windows, which is one of the many excuses they gave for the frigid temperatures. They should be ashamed of themselves."
- Flo Tini
Finally by Dave Rochone from Canada on 2013-10-27
"Searching far and wide for a restaurant in the East end of the city and finally came across a hidden jem.
Owned and operated by Top Chef Canada season 1 competitor Christopher Kanka The West Hill Wine Bar & Restaurant is somethig out of the ordinary.
I live in the Durham region and for years I have had to travel to downtown Toronto to find up to date food.
The West Hill Wine Bar is situated on the Pickering Scarborough border and is a welcome treat to the area.
The chef changes his menu every month. Who does that? He offers local, organic and sustainably hatvested product that is a true delight to taste.
We started with the grilled calamari and de-constructed caesar salad. The calamari was grilled to perfection, soft and supple with just the right balance of sweet and salty toppings and the deconstructed caesar.... well white anchovies home made proscuitto and a dressing that is eggless but so rich well done!
For our mains we had the dry aged beef tenderloin with smoke bleu cheese crusted pomme neuffe and baby haricot vert (green beans). Not only was this dish grilled to perfection but it was availble by the once!!! Yes thats right.... finally a restaurant that lets you choose the size of steak that you want. Never before have my wife or I seen such a thing and we eat out a lot!
For dessert we tried the toblerone fondue! What else can be said but pure decadence.
People please you must try this restaurant the food, atmosphere and service are all top notch and the prices are fantastic.
Downtown food in the east end without downtown pricing.
Why hasn't this place been reviewed yet?"
- Dave Rochone
MORE READER REVIEWS
Excellent meal by Rockfish from Bermuda on 2013-01-12
"I travelled from Bermuda to Toronto specifically to try out this restaurant after hearing some rave reviews. i was not dissapointed. My party (of 3) was treated to a gastronomic delight, suberb service and excellent wine. I can particullarly recommend the Fundy bay lobster which is kept (alive) on premises and looked after by Executive chef and Owner Chris kanka (top chef contestant to boot!). Chef Kanka spent a good deal of time with us and other diners ensuring that all facets of the meal were perfect. I cannot compliment this establishment enough. Well played West Hill Wine Bar, well played.
Fatastic restaurant! by DRosiek from Durham Region on 2012-12-22
"At this restaurant you will find great atmosphere, wonderful service and food that will make your mouth water just looking at it and then when you taste it amazing :)"